Speech Communication and Rhetoric Major

Description: A program that focuses on the scientific, humanistic, and critical study of human communication in a variety of formats, media, and contexts. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of interpersonal, group, organizational, professional, and intercultural communication; speaking and listening; verbal and nonverbal interaction; rhetorical theory and criticism; performance studies; argumentation and persuasion; technologically mediated communication; popular culture; and various contextual applications. Is Speech Communication and Rhetoric the right major for you?
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Speech Communication and Rhetoric Major

What Kinds of Students Major in Speech Communication?

For the individual who is curious about the different ways to communicate and to communicate effectively in all sorts of environments to all sorts of people, this is an excellent field to major in. Based in elements of the study of rhetoric and branching out into all fields of human communication, this area of study is inclusive of most types of human communication. This is a major for people who enjoy working with other people, who enjoy speaking in public and who wish to pursue a major with wide ranging access to the liberal arts. Speech communication majors should be excellent in English, capable of doing research and organizing materials in written and oral presentations.

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What Courses Do Speech Communication Majors Take?

The required and elective courses you would take for Speech Communication majors vary considerably among institutions. Courses are listed here that are illustrative of the breadth of topics you are likely to experience were you to major in this field.

  • Communication in the Classroom
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Interviewing
  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Speech - the Individual and Society
  • Speech Communication in a Free Society

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